How ISIS Uses Rape and Sexual Slavery as a Recruiting Tool and a Business

Horrifying reports continue to pile up about the ways in which the Islamic State is using the rape and sexual slavery of Yazidi women as a tool of war. A new report in the New York Times makes it clear that it’s also become an attractive recruiting tool, a draw for men from conservative Muslim societies where casual… »8/13/15 9:55am8/13/15 9:55am

New York Times Rebuts Nail Salon Owner: Our Series Was 'Damning'

The New York Times has issued a rebuttal to former Times journalist and current spa owner Richard Bernstein, who wrote in the New York Review of Books that nail salons can’t possibly be as bad as the NYT suggested in their series “Unvarnished.” The Times says they are standing by the series and that Bernstein is… »7/28/15 3:00pm7/28/15 3:00pm

Man Who Co-Owns Nails Salons Thinks They're Just Great, So

The New York Review of Books ran a rebuttal this weekend to the much-talked about New York Times series “Unvarnished,” Sarah Maslin Nir’s yearlong investigation into the horrendous labor practices at many New York nail salons. The rebuttal, written by former reporter and current nail salon owner Richard Bernstein,… »7/27/15 9:55am7/27/15 9:55am

Do Not Let the NYT Troll You About 'Young Women Planning Career Pauses'

The “Women, You’re Fucked” genre of media troll-piece is one of the most flexible and expansive in existence, within which the “Work/Life Balance” subcategory consistently brings in terrific numbers, and if you hit the trifecta of “Harvard” + “Straights Only” + “My, Isn’t It Authoritative When I Say the Names of… »7/23/15 10:30am7/23/15 10:30am

Of Course There's a P.R. Firm That Cleans Up Celebrity Wikipedia Pages

Do you ever wonder who updates the Wikipedia pages of celebrities? In many cases, it’s the fans. In others, it’s the “orchestra of users” who feel obligated to maintain a service they use for free. But have you ever looked at an entry so free from even remotely negative facts about the subject and thought, “Did they… »6/23/15 2:30pm6/23/15 2:30pm

New Legislation Protecting Nail Salon Workers Has Been Passed

A month after the “Unvarnished” series from the New York Times exposed illegal operations behind the scenes of nail salons and the exploitation of their immigrant workers, The New York State Assembly passed legislation that will help protect salon employees from unsafe working conditions while also making sure they… »6/20/15 4:55pm6/20/15 4:55pm

I Went to a New Pencil Shop Because the Times Called It 'Intoxicating'

C. W. Pencil Enterprise, a shop that sells pencils and pencil accessories, opened in Manhattan’s Lower East Side recently, and The New York Times is in love. Despite the fact that they cannot even figure out “who uses a pencil anymore,” they think opening a pencil shop in 2015 is a wonderful idea. “Intoxicating” even.… »5/19/15 6:00pm5/19/15 6:00pm

Accused Rapist in 'Mattress Girl' Case Sues Columbia University

Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of rape by fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, whose mattress-carrying protest drew national attention, has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the school. Nungesser accuses the university of failing to protect him from what he calls Sulkowicz’s “harassment… »4/24/15 10:15am4/24/15 10:15am

Talking to Meghan Daum About Selfishness, Being Childless by Choice

Today, 19 percent of women end their potential childbearing years without having had any children—making childlessness as common as it is irrationally controversial. We had the chance to talk about the topic with Meghan Daum: author, LA Times columnist, editor of the forthcoming essay collection Selfish, Shallow and… »3/30/15 3:30pm3/30/15 3:30pm

Durst Denied Bail, Also Eyed In 1971 Case of Missing Vermont Teen

The long arm of the law is finally drawing Scooby Doo villain Robert Durst into its halfhearted embrace: a New Orleans judge denied Durst bail on Monday, ruling that he's a flight risk. Prosecutors said that when Durst was arrested in New Orleans on March 14, they found a .38-caliber revolver, a latex mask, and a map… »3/24/15 9:50am3/24/15 9:50am

Angelina Jolie Writes New NYT Op-Ed About Having Her Ovaries Removed

Roughly two years after she wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about getting a mastectomy, Angelina Jolie has followed through on her plans to have a salpingo-oophorectomy, due to her genetic predisposition for ovarian cancer. "Regardless of the hormone replacements I'm taking, I am now in menopause," she writes… »3/24/15 9:30am3/24/15 9:30am

Hey, Reporters: Never Try to Imitate a Harlequin Romance

In researching my piece on the history of Harlequin, I spent quite a bit of time trawling old newspaper coverage. And I noticed a recurring theme: Reporters tend to treat Harlequin as a joke (despite the fact the company has historically made shitloads of money), and they often think it would be very funny to try… »3/20/15 2:45pm3/20/15 2:45pm